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McAuliffe Receives Support

Anita Kumar

Former Democratic National Committee ChairmanTerry McAuliffe announced today that his campaign for governor has received endorsements from Democratic leaders from across the state.

In supporting him, the leaders cited McAuliffe's vision for turning Virginia's economy around and their belief that McAuliffe is best qualified to carry on the tradition of leadership set by Gov. Timothy M. Kaine and former Gov. Mark R. Warner.

"We Democrats have made such incredible gains over the past seven years, specifically because we have stayed focused on delivering results for Virginians," said Jim Turpin, vice chairman of finance for the Virginia Democratic Party. "Terry is the candidate in this race who is best qualified to get Virginia's economy back on track, and that's the result voters are looking for."

McAuliffe is running against state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds of Bath and former delegate Brian Moran of Alexandria. Both men have been running for governor for more than a year, and have already announced dozens of Democratic endorsements.

A list of McAuliffe's endorsements from today is below:

Dr. Ella Ward - Chair, Chesapeake Dem. Committee
Eileen Huey - Vice Chair, Chesapeake Dem. Committee
Anita Hartke - Chair, Culpepper Dem. Committee
Arthur Bredemeyer - Chair, Suffolk Dem. Committee
Jim Turpin - Vice Chair-Finance, Dem. Central Committee
Carrie Nixon - Co-Chair, Providence Dem. Committe
Anne Rawley - Activist Member, Chesapeake Dem. Committee
EJ Scott - Chair, Manassas Dem. Committee
Bruce Neilson - Treasurer, Fairfax County Dem. Committee
Gena Doyle - Chair, Salem Dem. Committee
Tom Bellanca - Dulles District Chair, Loudoun County Dem. Committee
Ricardo Cabellos-Reyes - Mercer Precinct Captain (Loudoun)
Keyanna Conner - Young Dem. Activist
Jonathan Ward - Young Dem. Activist

By Anita Kumar  |  February 19, 2009; 12:25 PM ET
Categories:  2009 Governor's Race , Anita Kumar , Brian J. Moran , Creigh Deeds , Election 2009 , Terry McAuliffe  
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A pathetic list.

Posted by: jeff19 | February 19, 2009 1:38 PM | Report abuse

not a pathetic list at all. just a different list. brian has endorsements from all the insiders. terry has endorsements from community leaders, who i think can do a better job rallying the troops to vote for him in a primary. brian's endorsements look like friendly/political favors. terry's look genuine.

Posted by: dcgal4 | February 19, 2009 2:09 PM | Report abuse

There are thousands of activist members of local Democratic Committees and young Dem Activists in Virginia. For Terry to have only three of them supporting him so far seems incredibly weak.

Posted by: ToddMSmyth | February 19, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

I'm not sure if you didn't do your homework, Todd, but Committee/community leaders generally refrain from full, official endorsements until after the primaries due to the fact that their committees are generally geared towards party solidarity in the instance of multiple Democrats running for one nomination. I'd hardly call it weak.

Posted by: robsmithiii | February 20, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

A pathetic list, are you kidding me!
I guarantee you a committee chair and young dem activist can round up more votes than any Delegate or Senator EVER could. These are the people who are knocking on doors and picking up the phones, think twice before you judge the impressions they leave on their community.

Posted by: kristinsmith1 | February 23, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

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